Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

affront

Definition:(noun) A deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect.
Synonyms:insult
Usage: Your deliberate implication that I stole the money is an affront to my character.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Concrete nouns name people, places, or things with physical properties. Abstract nouns name intangible things, such as concepts, feelings, characteristics, etc. Gerunds are verbs that end in "-ing" and function as nouns. Are they concrete or abstract? More...
Article of the Day

El Dorado

El Dorado—Spanish for "the gilded man"—is the fabled city of gold and jewels believed by the 16th-century Spanish and other Europeans to exist somewhere in South America. The legend supposedly originated from the Chibcha people of Colombia, who each year anointed a chieftain and rolled him in gold, which he then ceremonially washed off in a sacred lake, casting offerings of emeralds and gold into the waters. Who were some of the explorers who searched for El Dorado, and where did they look? More...
This Day in History

Contested Kentucky Governor Dies of Gunshot Wounds (1900)

At the time he was shot on the grounds of Kentucky's state capitol, William Goebel was not a well-liked man—nor had he technically won the heavily contested 1899 Kentucky gubernatorial election. However, he lived just long enough to be declared governor and sworn into office, making him the only state governor in US history to have been assassinated. The identity of his assassin remains a mystery. Several years before his murder, Goebel shot a political foe in the head. What prompted their duel? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio José de Sucre (1795)

One of the most respected leaders of the Latin American wars for independence, Sucre was a close friend and chief lieutenant of Simón Bolívar. He was an able military leader, yet he was known for his kindness to those he defeated. Against his will, he became president of the newly created state of Bolivia and soon resigned. He later returned to service to help repel a Peruvian invasion. At the age of 35, he was waylaid in a mountainous region and killed. He was buried not in Bolivia, but where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is...the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Idiom of the Day

a losing game

A failing or hopeless effort; a situation or activity that is ultimately futile or cannot be won. (Most often used in the phrase "play a losing game.") More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Blas (2018)

San Blas (Saint Blaise) is the patron saint of Paraguay, and his feast day, February 3, is observed throughout the country. Asunción and other large cities host religious processions, and the smaller villages often have bullfights on this day. Flowers, ribbons, and paper money (attached to the tail) adorn the bull. Because this event is a humorous commentary on bullfighting, rather than a real bullfight, the goal is not to kill the bull. Instead, bullfighters try to grab hold of the bull and remove the money from its tail without getting hurt. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trade name

trade name - A name with the status of a trademark. More...

trademark - A name, symbol, or other depiction identifying a product. The first trademarks were stamps and symbols used by ancient cultures to indicate who had made goods; a trade name is the name of the maker, not the product, but has the status of a trademark. More...

Ping-Pong - A trade name for table tennis, invented as an echoic term for the sound of the ball. More...

Sheetrock, drywall, wall board - Sheetrock is a trade name for drywall or wall board—pre-hardened plaster of Paris (gypsum) sold in large sheets and used as a wall surface in building construction. More...

In the News

Ultra-Rare Fox Spotted in Yosemite

Wildlife biologists have confirmed spotting one of the rarest mammals in North America—the Sierra Nevada red fox—at Yosemite National Park in California. Only 50 Sierra Nevada red foxes are thought to exist in North America, and this is the first time the species has been observed in the park. A small group of these foxes has been monitored in an area north of the park since 2010. Before that, it had not been seen in the region for 20 years. Biologists plan to continue to keep watch for it via remote cameras in Yosemite. More...
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